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How to Design the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen ⇒ Having an outdoor kitchen has become a big trend in the interior design world. This type of kitchen is not only visually interesting, but it is also just as functional as an indoor one. With Summer fast approaching who wouldn’t love spending time outside prepare meals that you can enjoy outdoors? CovetED has a check-list of anything you need in order to make this come true!
Whether you are thinking of a sizzling BBQ setup or a rustic outdoor pizza oven, adding an outdoor kitchen can add up value to your home. In fact, an outdoor kitchen should be as functional as an indoor one.
Hence, when you reach the planning phase, make sure to consider certain important things for your kitchen. In fact, make a note of how you’ll use the space, what is the location, where you want to add your outdoor appliances, etc. to make it best. By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to create a beautiful outdoor kitchen.
One of the great benefits of an outdoor kitchen is that it extends your living and entertaining space. Make the most of this additional space by planning for shade, shelter, and warmth.
In the hot summer months, a shaded kitchen means that cooking and entertaining are more pleasant. To provide shade and shelter, plant some nearby trees or incorporate an awning or pergola in the design. For seating areas, consider a patio umbrella.
You’ll also want to plan for cooler temperatures. One popular option is to build your own fire pit that you can gather around as a cosy retreat to the weather. If this doesn’t appeal to you, or space is limited, consider buying an outdoor heater that you can use if or when it’s needed.
Another option is to add an outdoor gas heater. For those who have a higher budget, adding radiant heat over the patio can create a truly toasty retreat. By adding some creature comforts, you can ensure that your outdoor space is welcoming, cosy and comfortable no matter what season it is.
Don’t forget to consider the overall traffic flow in your backyard to maintain the safety of your family when deciding a suitable location for your outdoor kitchen.
It’s true that an outdoor kitchen is an extension of your indoor living space. However, it also needs to fit into the yard and area surrounding it. As you brainstorm your design, think about your home’s exterior. Choose colours and textures that compliment or extend that style.
Similarly, think about the surrounding landscape and design a kitchen that fits in well with that landscape. For a desert oasis, you might choose bold colours, like orange or turquoise, that stands in stark relief to the whites and sandy browns around it. For a tropical location, you might opt for materials like bamboo that seem right at home among the lush foliage.
No doubt, location is one of the important aspects to consider, but the kitchen layout is no less! It’s important to think about kitchen design rules when creating an outdoor kitchen. If compared to the indoor kitchen design, it has kitchen doors, walls, windows, kitchen cabinets & other essentials but it’s not the case with the outdoor kitchen. It has its own rules.
An outdoor kitchen needs to be as hardworking as its interior counterpart. However, it also needs to hold up to whatever the weather may bring, such as high winds, heavy rains, extreme heat and possibly even ice and snow storms.
As you design your outdoor kitchen, select materials that are tough enough to withstand the elements while still being low maintenance for easy care. Because of its durability and toughness, stainless steel is a great option for outdoor countertops, as well as for appliances. They look sleek, they hold up to the elements and they’re easy to clean.
For those who want a warmer feel in their outdoor kitchen, tile is another great alternative for countertops. Available in a wide range of colours and textures, there are tiles that fit virtually any design and style.
Once you have the bones of your kitchen – the layout, appliances, and materials – it’s time to give some attention to the details. Adding in garden decorations, potted plants, and cushioned seating can create an inviting outdoor space.
Much like you accessorize the inside of your home, consider the style and impact of each piece you add. Also, keep in mind that these accessories will live outside. For cushions and upholstery, choose a fabric that is moisture-resistant and that resists fading from the harsh sun. Select accessories that are sturdy enough that they won’t blow over with the first stiff breeze.
Brighten up your outdoor kitchen space by using attractive lights. For the evening or the night hours, lightings will help to enhance the ambience around. You can also match up the design of your outdoor kitchen with different types of lights. Add lights above the BBQ, kitchen sink, or grill so that the cooking process becomes easy. While, over the seating area, installing varied lights would work really well.
Hence, it all boils down to have a beautiful yet functional outdoor kitchen in the home. The kitchen layout should be attractive & comfortable that can quickly become a focal point of your outdoor space. Involve each and every ingredient that is stated above to get the best dish to taste!
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